I grew up here in Midlothian...born and raised. I've lived other places in my life, but love the Midlothian area, and a huge part of my positive experience growing up here is due to my parents. My dad, especially, was an amazing part of my life. He passed away a few years ago, and I can't tell you how much I cherish every single photo I have of him. P.S. If any of you recognize him, he worked in Powhatan, and lived right here in Midlothian :)
But he wasn't one to be photographed often. In many ways, he and I were so much alike. I was always behind a camera, never in front of one. And with his passing, it made me realize that photographs of myself would be cherished by others, regardless of how I felt about having my photo taken. So I immediately changed my ways, and got in FRONT of the camera much more often, knowing my sister, niece, and others would appreciate those images so much. I came to the conclusion that allowing yourself to be photographed is a very selfless thing to do, and something you do for others.
During the later years of his life, I was able to get more photographs of him, and those are priceless to me and my family. I still regularly give family prints of him, as gifts, and the reaction is always beyond words.
And I've retouched and made beautiful PRINTS of those photos, because I know that digital files on phones get lost or deleted, computers crash, but prints... prints are immediate family heirlooms. No one ever has to ask the password for a print :)
So I've printed and framed those photos, and I value them more than I can tell you.
Print to preserve. Print for your loved ones, for future generations.
And please don't forget to get in front of the camera yourself. Someone, at some point, will LOVE YOU for doing just that. I promise you that. I see it every day here at the Midlothian location, people ecstatic to print photos of loved ones, especially those who are no longer with us. Their expressions when they see the prints is not just one of my favorite parts of working for Richmond Camera, but a reminder to myself just how powerful a print will be years from now.
-Brian Clary, Store Manager, Richmond Camera Midlothian